Thursday, February 29, 2024

Episode #42: Advice for Someone Going Deaf

Neurofibromatosis Type 2
Neurofibromatosis Type 2
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Going deaf: How does NF2 change your life?

Show Notes:

Peter Burton joins the podcast today to discuss how neurofibromatosis type 2 has changed his life. Peter openly shares his advice for someone going deaf as he talks about what happens when you go deaf. This honest conversation covers questions such as should you disclose you are deaf on a job applications, deaf accommodations at work, and what tools help the deaf communicate with the hearing.

Peter encourages listeners to try to communicate with those who are going deaf by learning some simple ASL signs to start the conversation and then shares his favorite app he uses, Live Transcribe. In fact, it was through this app that he and Tonya were first able to communicate when they met.

Contact Peter: Send email to with “PETER” in the subject line, and we’ll forward it to him for you.

View transcript of episode #42.

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Live Transcribe – app for smart phones (free for Andriod users) – Flashing Doorbell for the Deaf – Sonic Bomb Dual Extra Loud Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker – American Sign Language for Beginners book

Music Used: “LazyDay” by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. Artist:

Tonya Wollum


Tonya Wollum is a disability advocate and host of the Water Prairie Chronicles podcast which connects special needs parents with resources to help them navigate parenting a child with a disability. She is the mother of 2 college-age children who have each grown up with a disability. That experience, along with a background in education, led her to create the Water Prairie Chronicles to help share what she has learned with parents of younger children to help them know how to advocate for their children.

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